Checking corruption should
include public supervision of officials' family members, says a commentary of
the Beijing Youth Daily. An excerpt follows:
According to a recent interview with an official working in the Supreme
People's Procuratorate, family members are increasingly involved in the
corruption cases of officials. It is therefore highly possible to publicize the
occupations of the officials' family members as part of the attempt to check
It would be a realistic and effective tactic against corruption if the
occupations of the officials' family members are known to the public.
In recent years, authorities at all levels had required that officials should
report the jobs of their spouses and children. But such reports are only
internal records of the discipline department.
If the report is released to the public through government web site or even
the news media, the public, instead of the supervision department within the
government and the party, will keep an eye on the officials and their families.
Obviously, the supervision would be much stronger.
There have been a series of stipulations about the professions of the family
members of officials, especially of the key officials in local governments. But
it is hard to judge whether all these stipulations have been observed.
More importantly, some officials invented numerous tricks to bypass the
stipulations, like cooperating with other officials to make mutual benefits. All
these malpractices are not easy to detect by the internal discipline officials
while the public will find out easily once they are empowered.
Publicizing the occupation of officials' family members has been in practice
in some cities and experiences have been accumulated. There is reason to believe
it could lend a strong hand to check corruption once promoted widely.